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Thieves Leak First 10 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes After Netflix Refuses to Pay Ransom

Todd Spangler, reporting for Variety:

An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands. […]

The first 10 episodes of season 5 were apparently shared shortly before 6 a.m. ET Saturday, with the 10 files comprising a total of 11.46 gigabytes. […]

According to “thedarkoverlord,” the hacker or hackers also have obtained unreleased shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC. The content appears to have been stolen in an attack on post-production studio Larson Studios in late 2016, according to piracy-news site TorrentFreak. “Thedarkoverlord” explained in an online post that they obtained only the first 10 of the 13 episodes of “OITNB” season 5 because the cyberattack was carried out before the final three installments were available.

Here’s “Thedarkoverlord”’s post announcing the release of the episodes.

I got a tour of MLB Advanced Media’s facilities in New York last year. We weren’t allowed anywhere near the area where HBO shows were handled. That area was like the count room in a casino — the securest of secure areas. You know how you don’t crack jokes about bombs while you’re in the security line at an airport? It’s like that with leaked episodes of Game of Thrones at MLB Advanced Media — no joking matter.

I would not want to be Larson Studios.

Saturday, 29 April 2017